Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show: Popular Show Attractions Return

In addition to all the latest boats, engines, electronics, accessories, and the stunning must-be-won Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize (valued at over $300,000!), New Zealand’s largest boat show will again host the Fishing and Adventure Fan Zone, Viking Kayak’s daily kayak giveaways, Lusty & Blundell’s Haswing Trolling Motor Challenge, and the Coastguard No Reserve Auction.

The team from Fishing and Adventure, TVNZ ONE’S high-energy fishing show starring renowned fishers and adventurers Scott Parry and Mig Rumney, will again create an Ultimate Fishing and Adventure Fan Zone. This will include their Fishing and Adventure Kids Club area, with activities for kids of all ages, free membership into the popular Fishing & Adventure Kids Club, and the chance to get a photo with Scott, Mig, and the renowned Surtees 8m Holy Ship.

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There will also be heaps of cool spot prizes to be won, the opportunity to grab some genuine FANZ merchandise and, best of all, the chance to win the trip of a lifetime with Scott and Mig on Holy Ship! Major show sponsor, Viking Kayaks, will give visitors a chance to win one of their famous 2+1 kayaks – worth over $2,000. Great for the whole family and packed with loads of practical accessories, the Viking 2+1 is an incredibly versatile, double-seated family kayak.

It is quick and easy to paddle with one or two on board, and a clever mid-seat makes it safe and easy to add a child, too. Also included in each 2+1 giveaway are two deluxe seats, Propelz eco paddles, Railblaza adjustable rod holders, paddle and rod leashes, a safety flag, and two adult and one child Hutchwilco multi-fit kayak lifejackets.

Two of these great 2+1 kayak packages are to be won each day of the event, and entry into the draw is free. Simply head over to the Viking Kayak stand in Hall 5 and fill in an entry form. Long-time show exhibitors, Lusty and Blundell, will again be running their dynamic Haswing Trolling Motor Challenge.

All proceeds from the No Reserve Auction will go to Coastguard NZ

Held in the Hutchwilco Pool, the Challenge will see competitors racing to complete a tricky course as quickly as possible using a Zodiac inflatable powered by a Haswing trolling motor. The person with the fastest time for the completed course will win a comprehensive Zodiac Cadet 360 RIB Alu Light prize package, complete with a Suzuki 15hp outboard, custom-made Hosking trailer and a pair of Spinlock Deckvest Lite lifejackets – valued at around $15,000.

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As part of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show’s official partnership with Coastguard, there will again be a No Reserve Auction on the Concourse, outside the main Hall 2 foyer, on the Saturday of the show at 1pm. All proceeds from the auction will go to Coastguard, the charity saving lives at sea.

The products being auctioned will be on display, along with a brief description and their usual retail value, at the Coastguard stand in Hall 4. They will also be listed on the show’s website:

The Haswing Challenge will see competitors racing to complete a tricky course using a Zodiac inflatable powered by a Haswing trolling motor.

Those attending the show on Thursday, May 18, or Friday, May 19, can also place bids on the Coastguard stand in a ‘silent auction’. Everyone who buys a ticket (either at the show or online at www.boatshow. and attends the 2023 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will have the chance to win the most valuable mustbe-won prize ever offered at a boat show: a Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize package valued at over $300,000!

Major boat show sponsor, Viking Kayaks, will give visitors a chance to win one of their famous 2+1 kayaks – worth over $2,000

All tickets bought online automatically go into a separate draw to win a fully kitted-out powered Viking Profish Reload kayak package (worth over $8000!) and come with a second bonus entry into the draw for the Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize.

Thanks to the latest ‘scan and win’ ticketing technology introduced by new show organisers XPO, visitors can register their tickets online or onsite at the numerous iPad registration areas before scanning their tickets at any of the show’s eight scanning booths.

- Nick Jones

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